2018 NKT-IKBU International
JUL 27 – AUG 11 · Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK
Week 1 ~ Meditations that Make Our Life Precious
Meditations that Make Our Life Precious
In Modern Buddhism, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, 'In general, all Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, are very precious, but Kadam Dharma or Lamrim is a very special Buddhadharma that is suitable for everyone without exception. The great Master Dromtonpa said: "Kadam Dharma is like a mala made of gold." Just as everyone, even those who do not use a mala (or prayer beads), would be happy to accept a gift of a gold mala because it is made of gold, in a similar way, everyone, even non-Buddhists, can receive benefit from Kadam Dharma. This is because there is no difference between Kadam Dharma and people’s everyday experiences. Even without studying or listening to Dharma, some people often come to similar conclusions as those explained in Kadam Dharma teachings through looking at newspapers or television and understanding the world situation. This is because Kadam Dharma accords with people’s daily experience; it cannot be separated from daily life. Everyone needs it to make their lives happy and meaningful, to solve temporarily their human problems, and to enable them ultimately to find pure and everlasting happiness through controlling their anger, attachment, jealousy, and especially ignorance.
"Kadam Lamrim is the supreme medicine that can permanently cure all the sufferings of sickness, ageing, death and rebirth; it is the scientific method to improve our human nature and qualities, and to solve our daily problems. Kadam Lamrim is the great mirror of Dharma in which we can see the way things really are; and through which we can see what we should know, what we should abandon, what we should practise and what we should attain. And it is only by using this mirror that we can see the great kindness of all living beings."
In Week 1 of the Summer Festival we have the opportunity to receive practical teachings on how to integrate the compassion and wisdom of Kadam Lamrim into our everyday lives.
Week 2 ~ Attaining Complete Purity
Attaining Complete Purity
Week 2 with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong - General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU. Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments and commentary to the practices of Heruka Body Mandala and Vajrayogini
In Modern Buddhism, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says,
‘Tantra, also known as ‘Secret Mantra’ or ‘Vajrayana’, is a special method to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities; and if we put this method into practice we will very quickly attain enlightenment.
‘Our world does not exist from its own side; like a dream world, it is a mere appearance to our mind. In dreams we can see and touch our dream world, but when we wake up we realize that it was simply a projection of our mind and had no existence outside our mind. In the same way, the world we see when we are awake is simply a projection of our mind and has no existence outside our mind. Milarepa said:
You should know that all appearances are the nature of mind, and mind is the nature of emptiness.
‘Because our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities are the nature of our mind, when our mind is impure they are impure, and when our mind becomes pure through purification practice they become pure.
‘There are many different levels of purifying our mind. The subtle mistaken appearance of our mind cannot be purified through the practice of Sutra alone; we need to engage in the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra. When we completely purify our mind through Tantric practice, our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities also become completely pure – this is the state of enlightenment.
‘Attaining enlightenment is therefore very simple; all we need to do is apply effort to purify our mind.
In Week 2 of the Summer Festival we have the opportunity to receive empowerments and commentary to the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Heruka Body Mandala and Venerable Vajrayogini, the special, blessed quick path to enlightenment of the Kadampa tradition.